Kelty Salida 2 Backpacking 2 Person Tent
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- Winner of the 2011 Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice Awards
- Dimensions: 88 by 55 by 43 inches (L x W x H)
- Poles: 2 DAC Pressfit aluminum
- Freestanding design
- Taped seams on ripstop nylon floor and rainproof dome fly
- Mesh wall panels provide adequate ventilation with minimal condensation
- Floor area measures 30.5 square feet with an additional 10-foot vestibule
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Kelty Salida 2 Backpacking TentDesigned for 3-season use, the Salida is a great all-around lightweight backpacking tent. With over 10 square ft of vestibule space and a spacious interior this tent is guaranteed to offer a comfortable backcountry escape.Winner of the 2011 Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice AwardsDimensions: 88 by 55 by 43 inches (L x W x H)Poles: 2 DAC Pressfit aluminumFreestanding designTaped seams on ripstop nylon floor and rainproof dome fly
Winner of the 2011 Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice Award, the Kelty Salida 2 offers great value in a basic ultralight backpacking tent. This two-person, three-season tent's weatherproof protection was tested by Backpacker gear testers in the soggy and windy conditions of the Pacific Northwest, where it provided a comfortable and dry backcountry escape. The Salida 2 features a minimalist design with one side door, a 30.5 square foot interior, and a ten square foot vestibule--its lack of frills keeps the weight, and the price, down.
The Salida 2 is well-ventilated and sturdy, thanks to mesh wall panels and a solid two-pole support system. The 68 denier ripstop nylon floor is durable, tough, and resists rips and abrasion, while the double-wall dome fly keeps campers dry no matter how wet the weather.
The Kelty Salida 2 withstood rigorous field testing to win a top spot in the 2011 Backpacker Editor's Choice Awards.
- Freestanding design
- Color-coded clip construction
- Taped floor seams
- Gear-loft loops
- ArcEdge floor
- Mesh wall panels
- Internal storage pockets
- Noiseless zipper pulls
- Taped seams
- Side-release tent/fly connection
- Noiseless zipper pulls
- Guyout points
- Seasons: 3
- Number of doors: 1
- Number of vestibules: 1
- Number of poles: 2
- Capacity: 2
- Minimum weight: 3 pounds, 12 ounces
- Packaged weight: 4 pounds, 8 ounces
- Floor area: 30.5 square feet
- Vestibule area: 10 square feet
- Length: 88 inches
- Width: 55 inches
- Height: 43 inches
- Packed diameter: 7 inches
- Packed length: 22 inches
- Pole type: DAC pressfit
- Wall material: 68 denier polyester
- Floor material: 68 denier ripstop nylon, 1800 mm
- Fly material: 75 denier polyester 1800 mm
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Here are the details for the ultralighters that will want to know specifics and what they can trim down...
Inside the tent are loops on the roof for an included mesh gear loft. There's also a center loop if you wanted to hang a lamp.
All four corners have small pockets to hold some of your gear. You can see one of them in the main photo for this product. All four corners are the same.
There are fasteners to hold the main door open as well as both doors of the vestibule. With all doors open, you get a nice panoramic view of the outdoors through the front of the tent. However, with the rainfly on, you won't be able to see out in any other direction.
You can use the tent without the rain fly when weather permits. It will likely be my preferred way of using the tent. The large mesh upper allows for someone inside to feel like they're sleeping under the stars while being protected from bugs and debris falling from trees. If you needed to throw the rain fly on in a pinch, you could do it in less than 30 seconds thanks to the clip in fastening system for the rain fly. Furthermore, the rain fly can easily be tightened to the base with simple adjustment straps.
The tent is slightly wider on one end than the other lengthwise. I'm assuming this was designed in for users to sleep with their heads at the wider end and their feet and the narrower end. I only noticed this while folding up the tent. This feature really speaks to the fine details Kelty paid attention to in making the Salida 2 a very user friendly and versatile tent.
I will be discarding the plastic guy line tighteners. Instructions on how to use them were not included and they fray the guy lines themselves. I recommend using the running bowline to secure your guy line to the rain fly and a tautline hitch for securing to the included stakes. I already tied the knots into the guy lines so they're ready to go when I'm in the field.
The whole package out of the box weighs 73.6oz (4lbs 8.6 oz). This is with the two pieces of paper instructions and a plastic bag removed.
Main Bag: 1.25oz
Main Tent: 26.35oz (includes the gear loft which I tied in and rolled up inside the tent. I'd estimate that it weighs about 1oz.)
Rain Fly: 22.15oz
Poles with included Rubber Bands: 16.35oz
Pole Bag: 0.4oz
Accessory Bag: 0.2oz
4 Guy Lines: .8oz
4 Plastic Guy Line Tighteners: 0.2oz
10 Tent Stakes: 5.8oz
In my wildlife gig, I camped with this tent every week for almost six months. Sometimes, I would have to setup and teardown the tent multiple times in one week. I can set up this tent in the dark by headlamp in under three minutes by myself. I am not that skilled; the tent is that easy. It is a freestanding tent; in the morning I would empty it, remove the fly and stakes, fully open the door, pick up the tent to shake it out upside-down to remove any leaf litter or debris, and leave it assembled upside down with the bottom facing into the sun to dry any condensation. Speaking of condensation, in colder weather with the Salida buttoned up, I would get a lot of condensation on the inside of the fly. The fly would spend as much time as feasible upside down in the sun in the mornings on the ground or truck hood.
Whether the tent needed it or not, I seam-sealed it before the wildlife season. The tent never leaked. Slept under the stars without the fly a few times on hotter nights, wonderful. The opposite side of the fly from the door needs a tie-down. The tent does have a short webbing loop there to attach a guy line. I secured a short length of gutted paracord that I adjusted for length based on temperature to change how far to pull the fly away on that side.
The optional footprint is not the same shape as the rectangular tent floor. It is wider on the top than the bottom. However, it serves its purpose well. For superlight packers, this systems can be setup as the fly, poles, pegs, and footprint, sans tent. The entire system packs up easily and is not “fussy.” I have not experienced a zipper malfunction, mesh tear, or any other problems. I had the tent staked out and went through a wind storm with gusts of 50 mph without issue.
I wish it was 3 lbs or less, vice 3 ¾ lbs. (I am in my fifties and finding I prefer to carry less weight than when I was in the Army jumping out of airplanes.) I wish it had a second door since the tent does become instantly small when the inside person needs a late night “pottie” break. (An issue not faced in tents with a single door at the end instead of the side.) There is minimal to no ventilation with the fly on the tent and the vestibule zipped. With one side of the vestibule rolled back, there is still no true cross ventilation and then the large vestibule opening is overkill. A small side window on the fly opposite the vestibule would be a great addition. (If get motivated, maybe I will make one. It will require additional material since the flap must be larger than the cutout.) The packed size of 7” x 22” is a little large on the backpack. I wish the vestibule was large enough that I could sit in it during inclement weather and run my backpacker stove. (Yes, I could sit in the tent with the door open while using the stove in the vestibule.) The stakes are cheap and bend easily when they hit small rocks or roots.
Without the rainfly...there is nothing better. Its a great feeling to be out under the big sky and this tent lets you really enjoy it.
I can attest the rainfly is easy & fast to put on if a sudden shower interrupts your nap as it did mine! ;) I kept mine clipped to one side and all I had to do use flip it over and clip. Done enough
In the summer, it could use more airflow with the fly on but a battery operated mini-fan really helped with that.
All in all..I love this tent.
BTW - I got it mainly as a solo and its a good size for that.
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Awesome tent, definitely recommend it!